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Before and After – Custom Occidental Invitation Suite

We have a fun visual for you this week. We wanted to show you a side-by-side comparison of an invitation from our Custom Wedding Portfolio and the custom design it inspired.

Our original Occidental letterpress wedding invitation suite is regal and formal. The large format card incorporates a design that highlights the thick cotton paper with a tactile, all-over letterpress pattern in a neutral color. Balancing the subtle pattern is a stately monogram and delicate script in a deep blue.

Wanting to emphasize the detail in the lace-like pattern, we reconstructed it as a decorative border on the custom design (right). Printing the new border in a deep jewel tone turns it into a focal point and frames the details of your special day.

Turning the background pattern into a border also allowed us to print this new design in one ink color. This impacts your budget {in a positive way} and also keeps this suite feeling traditional.

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You can see more design transformations by clicking on the Customized Variations link {under Inspiration, when viewing any suite} to inspire you. These Customized Variations utilize the design details from our wedding album to inspire you to create a custom design.

With all of the choices in our Custom Wedding Portfolio, there are so many ways to completely transform a design. Our exclusive retailers are experts at helping you figure out what you love about your favorite inspiration designs and are amazing at helping you create a custom design. It’s a fun process and we can’t wait to see what you create!

Client Customization – Letterpress Kentucky Derby Invitation

It is such a treat to work with clients on their annual events. One of our exclusive retailers, Rebecca at Taylor Street Paper, has come to us for invitations to her personal events many times. For everything from holiday cards to Kentucky Derby festivities.

Today we’re sharing her chosen design selected this year for the 141st Kentucky Derby. With a stand-out color palette, this is one of our favorites so far. The layered pattern and prominent all-caps typefaces combine to make this an event guests will be anxiously awaiting!


Rebecca has a great eye for detail and really knows how to make the most of design for letterpress printing. She is much like all of our exclusive retailers, armed with a ton of experience and ready to help you find the perfect combination of elements for your letterpress stationery. Call us or contact your local Dauphine Press exclusive retailer to take advantage of that expertise that we’re all willing to share.

A.M. Inspiration {hearts and hides letterpress invitation}

This week we’re sharing two unique pieces of stationery. With a 50th wedding anniversary save the date on Wednesday and now today, inspiration comes from another one of the children’s birthday invitations we’ve designed and printed. Our first love is weddings, but weddings lead to things like wedding anniversaries and birthday parties for the littlest members of your family. We want to be there for all of it and help you express yourself through graphic design, paper and stationery!

When my daughter expressed that she really wanted to incorporate touches of animal prints in her party decor and party invitation, I came up with a great solution. Feeling that animal prints might be a little too grown up for a 7-year-old, I decided to create a pattern myself. With the custom pattern, I used hearts to form the pattern and make it a bit more childlike. At the time, she was obsessed with shades of purple, so we incorporated this color palette and used fun san serif fonts and a frame to complete the look!


Get in touch with your local retailer or give us a call when you’re planning for your next big milestone. We would love to translate your dreams and wishes into your perfect invitation!

A.M. Inspiration {brights and books}

Translating a client’s dreams and ideas into print is one of my favorite things to do. It’s such a rewarding process! It’s no different designing for an engaged couple, a baby announcement or a birthday invitation … even when it’s for my very own daughter. Meryn has always been a big fan of books, so when we were coming up with ideas for her birthday party, we decided to have it at Storybook Land. Storybook Land is an incredible amusement park for little ones with themes throughout the park that are relative to classic storybook fables. I still love it today as much as I did when I was little!


With the party destination set, I turned to Meryn for her thoughts on color palette. It was no surprise that she selected bright, neon colors. We decided to combine the bright, neon palette with a fun liner pattern {reminiscent of art created by a child} and a ditsy floral. We designed the main birthday invitation to resemble a classic storybook cover, complete with fun, childlike fonts {called Bookeyed Suzanne and Bookeyed Jack!}. To complete this sweet set, we designed a bookmark favor printed in three colors on both sides.

We would love to help the next time you’re designing an invitation for one of your loved ones or as you celebrate your love! Contact us or visit your local retailer to start the process of turning your dreams and ideas into print!

A.M. Inspiration {roller skating and rocking color}

I’ve mentioned before that the early morning hours are a time when inspiration usually strikes – the hours when the world, and my children, are still and quiet. The whole process comes full circle when I can use that time to create something for my children.

I wanted to take my next few AM Inspiration posts to share some of the stationery I have created for my daughters. I love seeing the world through their eyes and creating Birthday party stationery to match their enthusiasm about their special days. Each year when a Birthday party comes to a close, they are already dreaming up the theme, activity and decor for next year’s party!


What five year old doesn’t love to roller skate?! My younger daughter is a girly-girl and loved the idea of skating into her fifth Birthday. I took the opportunity to play with patterns and color on this super festive invitation. Using stripes and florals in a mix of pink, turquoiose and purple we had the perfect palette for these fun letterpress Birthday party invitations and goodie bag tags. Playing right along with the mix of patterns was a festive set of fonts ranging from all-caps to bold scripts.

If you want to create something completely custom for a special someone’s special day, let us help you with all of the fine details! Take a look through our website and design library for tons of inspiration and let us or one of our exclusive retailers create a custom design just for you!


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